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Tobe Hooper

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American director Tobe Hooper began his film career like many people in the field, working on industrial films and TV advertisements. Using student help, Hooper began making fictional films while an instructor at the University of Texas. He exploded onto the public scene in 1974 with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a creepy variation on the unhappy career of cannibalistic killer Ed Gein. Despite its lurid title, the film scored more on the threat of violence than its actual violent content, which was minimal. While critics either condemned the picture or simply refused to review it, the movie became a cult favorite, and within five years of its release it was being written about and analyzed by intellectual film periodicals. But, so far as Hollywood was concerned, Hooper remained on the outside looking in, though his cheaply produced Eaten Alive (1976) and The Funhouse (1981) also had loyal followings. Television was more responsive to him, and he was eventually entrusted with a 1979 TV movie version of Stephen King's Salem's Lot. In 1982, the director was given his first mainstream assignment, the Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist (1982). Although a bit too reliant upon special effects for Hooper's taste, it proved his ability to set and sustain an eerie mood and highlighted his cheerful disregard for logic and consistency. Hooper's later output included a 1985 remake of the matinee perennial Invaders From Mars, a mishmash 1986 sequel to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the ponderously paced thriller Spontaneous Combustion (1989). To some, Hooper continued to be a "promising" talent during the '90s -- it's just that he promised more than he delivered.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet We Blew It
  • Actor
2017
19% Texas Chainsaw
  • Producer
$34.4M 2013
No Score Yet Djinn
  • Director
2013
93% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  • Actor
2012
12% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  • Producer
$39.5M 2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Mortuary
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
2005
53% Toolbox Murders
  • Director
2004
36% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Producer
$80.2M 2003
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Actor
2002
67% The American Nightmare
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Crocodile
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet The Apartment Complex
  • Director
1999
27% The Mangler
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1994
70% Body Bags
  • Actor
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors
  • Director
1993
15% Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers'
  • Forensic Tech
1992
No Score Yet I'm Dangerous Tonight
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Spontaneous Combustion
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
44% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  • Man in hotel corridor (uncredited)
  • Producer
  • Director
1986
36% Invaders from Mars
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors
  • Actor
1986
67% Lifeforce
  • Director
1985
88% Poltergeist
  • Director
1982
67% The Funhouse
  • Director
1981
85% Salem's Lot
  • Director
1979
23% Eaten Alive
  • Director
1977
88% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Director
  • Producer
1974
No Score Yet The Windsplitter
  • Joby
1971
No Score Yet Eggshells
  • Director
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
2005-2007
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Freddy's Nightmares
1988-1990
  • Director
  • 1988

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